A huge week of schools rugby lies ahead, with the Champions Trophy and NatWest Cup taking centre stage.
We have previewed the quarter finals of the Champions Trophy separately, which you can see here: Champions Trophy quarter finals – so this preview will look mainly at the various other fixtures.
Tuesday will likely be dominated by the huge Champions Trophy quarter final between the reigning Champions, Bedford, and a Canfor side who will truly fancy their chances of stealing a win. Even better, it will be live streamed by the RFU cameras.
The big game in the NatWest Cup sees Oundle travel to Stamford. Both enjoyed important wins at the weekend, with Oundle beating their big rivals Uppingham away from home, while Stamford beat a tough Haileybury side at home, to help restore that aura on their home patch.
In the Plate New Hall travel to Cooper’s Coborn, while the the Vase The Perse are playing hosts to a strong looking Langley side.
Wednesday is a very busy looking day, and again the fixtures most likely to dominate are the two Champions Trophy quarter finals, Oakham v Monmouth and Epsom College v Blundell’s, which is a repeat of last year’s semi final, won by Epsom.
The Cup will see plenty of exciting fixtures too, Stonyhurst College host Manchester Grammar, while Bishop Heber travel to Rydal Penrhos.
The impressive Bishop Wordsworth’s must make the trip to Pangbourne College, and will surely be feeling confident after a thumping win against Bryanston on Saturday.
Champions Bromsgrove are on the road at Lawrence Sherriff, while there is a huge game in the North as Barnard Castle host RGS Newcastle, two sides with great pedigree in this competition.
The Plate sees a good tie between Merchant Taylors’, Crosby, and Cheadle Hulme, with a monster of a game in the South West as Reigate Grammar host Portsmouth Grammar.
The winner of that will fancy their chances going forward, as will the winners of Solihull v Old Swinford Hospital and St Columba’s College v Plymouth College, while Tiffin v Wimbledon College ought to be another good game.
In the Vase there is a great looking derby between Hereford 6th form College and Hereford Cathedral School, while King Henry VIII Coventry host King Edward VI Camp Hill. Sevenoaks are also in action, hosting Ravens Wood.
The Bowl has a few fixtures too, with Davenant hosting Westcliff High School, Sir John Deane’s travelling to Hilbre High, and former Cup runners up Old Swinford Hospital on the road at Shrewsbury.
Outside of the Cup competitions there are some other good looking fixtures, Glyn v Reed’s and Caterham v Maidstone Grammar look promising, while Hayes will want to continue their impressive from at home to Salesian.
In Wales Llandovery College v Whitchurch High School looks huge, while back in Egland Queen Ethelburga’s face a tough task in an AASE side in the form of Myerscough College.
On Thursday the NatWest Cup game between Campion and Felsted ought to take centre stage, and will likely be a very good game of rugby between two sides who tend to perform well in the Cup.
In Scotland there is a big Cup game between George Watson’s and Loretto, while back in England Sexey’s travel to Richard Huish.
There is also a game in the Vase as Trent College host a KES Stratford side on an upward curve.
The midweek rugby is rounded off with three very exciting games under the lights on Friday evening.
In the South East Shiplake College will host KCS Wimbledon in what ought to be a cracking game of rugby. Over in Yorkshire there is a huge derby between a very much in form Woodhouse Grove, and the 2014 Champions Trophy finalists, Grammar School at Leeds. At Beckenham Rugby Club Langley Park and St Olave’s Grammar meet in a huge game that also doubles as a NatWest Bowl fixture, with a healthy crowd expected to attend.
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Schools Rugby Midweek Fixtures (predictions in bold):
Bedford v Canford – Champions Trophy quarter final
Cooper’s Coborn v New Hall – NatWest Plate
The Perse v Langley – NatWest Vase
Stamford v Oundle – NatWest Cup
Barnard Castle v RGS Newcastle – NatWest Cup
Caterham v Maidstone GS
Christ’s Hospital v Steyning GS
Cranbrook v Simon Langton
Davenant v Westcliff HS – NatWest Bowl
Epsom College v Blundell’s – Champions Trophy quarter final
Glyn v Reed’s
Hayes v Salesian
Hereford 6th form College v Hereford Cathedral School – NatWest Vase
Hilbre HS v Sir John Deane’s – NatWest Bowl
King’s Grantham v Worksop College – NatWest Vase
King Henry VIII Coventry v King Edward VI, Camp Hill – NatWest Vase
Lawrence Sherriff v Bromsgrove – NatWest Cup
Llandovery College v Whitchurch HS
Merchant Taylors’ Crosby v Cheadle Hulme – NatWest Plate
Myerscough College v Queen Ethelburga’s College
Oakham v Monmouth – Champions Trophy quarter final
Pangbourne College v Bishop Wordsworth’s – NatWest Cup
Reigate GS v Portsmouth GS – NatWest Plate
RGS Guildford v Guildford County School
Rydal Penrhos v Bishop Heber – NatWest Cup
Sevenoaks v Ravens Wood – NatWest Vase
Shrewsbury v Old Swinford Hospital – NatWest Bowl
Solihull v RGS Worcester – NatWest Plate
St Columba’s College v Plymouth College – NatWest Plate
Stockport GS v Wilmslow HS – NatWest Cup
Stonyhurst College v Manchester GS – NatWest Cup
Tiffin v Wimbledon College – NatWest Plate
Wrekin College v Ellesmere College
Campion v Felsted – NatWest Cup
George Watson’s v Loretto
Richard Huish v Sexey’s
Trent College v KES Stratford – NatWest Vase
Langley Park v St Olave’s GS – NatWest Bowl
Shiplake College v KCS Wimbledon
Woodhouse Grove v Grammar School at Leeds